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An open book: Explore the Master of Theology - Church History program offered by Regent University.

Th.M. – Church History

Become a Respected Leader on Church History

Do you have a passion for the Church and the rich history it offers? Here’s your opportunity to advance in theological research while learning more about the historical significance of the Church, how it developed over time, and the critical events that have shaped faith – past and present. Regent’s Master of Theology– Church History equips you with specialized training and intensive theological research and methodology required for advancement in church history at the university level.

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ENHANCE YOUR EXPERTISE

Strengthen your professional competence in church history and speak on this area with confidence.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER PATH

Take your career path to the next level with exciting leadership opportunities.

DEEPEN YOUR IMPACT

Gain greater insight into theological research to help others improve their understanding.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this specialty degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) at Regent University is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

On completing this Th.M. concentration, the graduate can:

  • Analyze the historical developments of the Church with an emphasis on the Renewal and Reformation movements.
  • Integrate effective ministry approaches from the time of the apostles through the modern Church for maximum impact.
  • Apply historical biblical lessons to current situations to help guide you and others from repeating mistakes and compromising God’s Word.

Career Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Professor
  • Church History Leaders
  • Specialized Ministry Leader
  • Doctoral Student
Critical examination of historic and contemporary theories of historiography with a focus on Renewal theology.
Critical examination of developments within early Christianity with a focus on Renewal theology.
Critical examination of developments within medieval Christianity with an emphasis on Renewal theology.
Critical examination of Reformation thought and practices and the work of the Holy Spirit during the Reformation.
Critical examination of the 20th century global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements with an emphasis on key historical figures and context, major revivals, doctrinal implications, and global impact on the Church.
Critical examination of renewal movements and 21st century global Christianity with an emphasis on key historical figures and context, major revivals, doctrinal implications, and global impact on the global Church.

2023-24 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 11Monday, August 21
Session CThursday, January 4Monday, January 8
Session EFriday, April 26Monday, May 6

Prerequisites

To be considered for acceptance into the Master of Theology (Th.M.) program in the School of Divinity, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires applicants to have a completed Master of Divinity (M.DIV.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution or an institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Applicants with a Master's Degree from a non-regionally accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, applicants to the Master of Theology (Th.M.) should have:

  • High intellectual achievement and scholarship as evidenced by college transcripts and the applicant's writing sample
  • A desire and ability to write a thesis in your chosen area of concentration
  • Spiritual maturity and integrity of character
  • Personal goals consistent with the mission of Regent University
  • Understand and accept the Statement of Faith

Admission into the Th.M. requires completion of a seminary master’s degree consisting of at least 48 credit hours in a ministerial or theological field of study with a 3.0 or higher GPA and proficiency in one biblical language. Proficiency is defined as at least 6 credits of coursework in the same Biblical language. Biblical language credits must be completed prior to gaining admission into the Th.M. degree.

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit an Academic Writing Sample or Graduate Degree Paper (with Citations)

WRITING SAMPLE

Our Th.M. program seeks to prepare scholars for advanced research, practice and leadership in academic, church and ministry settings through designated study, involving one of three concentrations: Biblical Studies, Christian Theology and History of Christianity. The academic writing sample assesses your ability to think critically and compose an original written work, not previously written, based upon your chosen concentration area as indicated on your Th.M. application. The Admissions Committee must ensure that your writing acumen is at a level commensurate with the demands of doctoral level academic writing.

In order to assess your writing ability, please compose a 1500-word original essay, not previously written, which includes the following: (1) a topic of your choice that falls within one of the three concentrations mentioned above; (2) a demonstration of conceptual sophistication; (3) an obvious flow of thought from paragraph to paragraph; (4) critical thinking skills; and (5) evidence of independent judgment. Finally, in your conclusion, include what you think the work of the Spirit contributes to the topic you have chosen to discuss. References or citations are not required.

GRADUATE DEGREE PAPER

If you are opting to submit the Graduate Degree Paper, please ensure this is a submission that contains citations.

Your academic writing sample or graduate degree paper should be submitted to regent.edu/items.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5306$3,180
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5306$3,180
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5306$3,180
Master of Theology (ThM)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6703$2,010

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5309$4,770
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5309$4,770
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5309$4,770
Master of Theology (ThM)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6706$4,020

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5306$3,180
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5306$3,180
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5306$3,180
Master of Theology (ThM)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6703$2,010

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5309$4,770
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5309$4,770
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5309$4,770
Master of Theology (ThM)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6706$4,020

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“In 2015, the Lord began stirring our hearts that it was time to leave everything familiar behind and move here to pursue our degrees at Regent.”

Cheryl You, M.Div., 2019

“Regent has maintained a high standard of scholarship and the practical aspects of leadership, and they have outstanding professors. I was blessed when I was there.”

Daniel Backens, M.A. in Practical Theology, 1999 Senior Pastor, New Life Church

“Regent served as a place for acquiring a top-quality academic experience.”

Preston Braswell, M.Div., 2020 Senior Admissions Counselor, School of Law, Regent University

“My journey through the School of Divinity was transformational, challenging and inspirational. The Spirit-filled faculty and staff were dedicated to my success as a student and a military officer. My classes — both on campus and online — exuded excellence and sound biblical teaching.”

Tierra S. Gibbs, M.A., 2012 Practical Theology

“Thank you Regent University for making the most out of this special day for the Class of 2020.”

Richard Sarmiento, M.Div., 2020 Recruiting Specialist, Accenture Federal Services